PTA Awards 4G Spectrum and License to Telenor Pakistan

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued 850MHz spectrum (3G/4G) license to Telenor Pakistan after it paid withholding tax of Rs 4.13 billion ($39.5 million).

Telenor had earlier refused to pay withholding tax of $39.5 million, i.e. 10 percent of the total auction price ($395 million) of next generation mobile services (3G/4G), while terming it unlawful, baseless and based on a gross misinterpretation of provision of the law. Telenor had filed petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the federal government including FBR and PTA.

After hearing Telenor as well as the federal government, Islamabad High Court had reserved the judgment, however later the telecom company reached the Court while pleading that it may be allowed to pay the withholding tax, Chairman PTA Syed Ismail Shah told this correspondent here on Friday.

After getting court’s nod, Telenor deposited $39.5 million to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the latter (FBR) subsequently issued Non-Objection Certificate (NoC) to PTA for issuing 4G license to the company, said Chairman PTA adding that the license has been issued and Telenor can now provide 4G services in the country.

It maybe recalled that Telenor was only bidder in 850MHz spectrum auction that PTA held in June 2016 and hence it was awarded 10MHz block from 850MHz spectrum at a price of $395 million.

Chairman PTA further confirmed that Telenor has already deposited half of price, i.e. $197.5 million while the remaining 50 percent will be paid in five equal annual installments along with cumulative mark-up @ LIBOR + 3 percent from effective date of license to date of payment.


  • Fakhre Alam

    So, from now on don’t buy a phone which doesn’t have support for LTE 850MHz.

    • Naveed

      I had Note 4 and it supported 850MHZ and now my P9 Lite doesnt support it lol :D I am stuck :D Waiting for Mobilink to Give 4G now :D

      EDIT : TIME TO GET NOTE 5 :)

      • Aon Bilal

        Baich Day

        • Sajid Ch

          So P9 Lite doesnt support 850MHZ? Shitt….

          • Aon Bilal

            Huawei P9 Lite Model VNS-L22
            850MHz & 1800Mhz Supported

            • Damn it my model is VNS-L21 -.- L22 is of 3GB RAM?

              • Aon Bilal

                Nope Same Space
                M & P Chand Takay Bachany K Chakar Main Qoom Ko Loot Rahay Hain

            • saba

              can you please tell , VNS-L22 is dual sim or single sim ,

              • Aon Bilal

                Dual SIM
                Mybe Not Available in Pakistan

              • Aon Bilal

                Same Mobile Phone Ha Pakistan Main M&P Ye Model import Nahi Kar Rahi

        • Aon bilal can you please tell me, where did you get this model ? ( VNS-L22) bc its not available in pakistan

          • Aon Bilal

            Muller And Phipps Walay Hi Mangwain To Ha Abhi To Huawei p8 Lite Or P9 Lite Ko Kon Pochta Ha Koi New Model Daikhain

            • new model , bata den jis mei 4g lte 1800 & 850 ek sath ho

              • Aon Bilal

                کس کمپنی کا

                • can we use Xiaomi phone in pak ?

                  • Aon Bilal

                    نہیں کیا

                    • agr ham xiaomi phone Dubai se mangwatey hain to wo phone pakistan mei kaam karey ga ya nahi ?

      • I get 2G browsing speed on Mobilink 3G in Faisalabad, and 2G is not unusable of Mobilink during travel, Lahore, Faisalabad, complained several times few years ago, still unfixed.

        • Naveed

          Mobilink is working great for me in ISB/RWP :)

          • My Mobilink is also now working great :)
            Sim lagao offer ka data istemal kar raha tha, jo sirf 2G hota hay 3G select karnay per bhi.

      • Aon Bilal

        Telenor 4g Available in Islamabad
        F-11 F-10 G-11 G-10 Sectors
        Mene Check Kia Ha

        • Naveed

          Wow.. Visit them and get a 4G sim :)

        • Naveed

          my Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe Special Edition is on the way now ;) It supports 850MHZ B5 Band ;)

      • ASif

        Warid ki phir kia frequency he uske liye konsa set lena parhega

        • Naveed

          Warid And Zong is on 1800MHZ (Band 3)

  • Aon Bilal

    PTA Should Stop Providing Type Approvals to all those 4G phones immediately who are not supporting 4G on 850 MHz band 5 And 1800Mhz Band 3 . Otherwise Telenor will face lack of supporting handsets in market for their 4G band. Currently only 10% 4G sets in market are compatible with this band which is alarming for Telenor
    Qmobile, Huawei, Infinix, 4G Model Both Frequency Not Supported

    • Naveed

      Yes unfortunately sold my note 4 which supported 850Mhz and got P9 Lite which is not supported now :( Waiting for Mobilink 4G now :D which will not be available anytime sooner :(

      EDIT :: TIME TO GET NOTE 5 :D

      • Aon Bilal

        Samsung Best

        • Naveed

          Yes exactly !

    • Hassan Eftikhar

      Infinix Note 2 support 850 band of 4G.

      • Aon Bilal

        Zero 3 ??????

    • AbdulB1

      its not okay. T-mobile and At&t phones also dont support each other’s 4g but FCC never blocked it.

      • Aon Bilal

        استعمال شدہ موبائل کی بات نہیں کر رہے بلکہ
        Qmobile, Huawei, Infinix, Draz, Cheese Mall,
        M&P, i2,
        جیسے بڑے امپورٹر پر لازم کرے کہ بینڈ 5، بینڈ 3، کے بغیر کوئی موبائل فون متعارف نہیں کروا سکیں
        آپ سرچ کر لیں نئے دستیاب ماڈل 200 کے قریب موبائل دونوں فریکوئنسی کو سپورٹ کرتے ہیں

        • AbdulB1

          They have same standard for everyone. Bulk imported have to pay money too to get phone certified. Nothing different on PTA’s end. It’s just that they want less and less handsets imported so they can send more money to places like Panama.

          • Aon Bilal

            Market Main American Model AT&T, Tmobile Ke Value Wesy Hi Down Ha Or 1800Mhz, 850MHz Ki Waja Se Or Down Ho Jay G American Model 850MHz Supported Hain Jub Customer NE Pesy Deny Ha To Wo Lazmi 4G Frequency Dekhy Ga
            Ab Huawei Ki Market Value Down Ho G Qk Huawei K Sirf 9 Mobile Band 3 Or Band 5 Supported Hain Baki Main Band 3 Ha Ya Band 5

            • AbdulB1

              u maybe right on business point of view. But folks in Pakistan may get better deal on 30 day phones or refurbished phones from America. As they are much much cheaper as compared to the ones offered here officially. 30 percent tax makes a phone too much expensive.

    • Umair

      sir the current number of handsets that support 850 band is 75% :D the numbers you have been provided by which party?

      • Aon Bilal

        Bhai Jaan 75% 4G User Telenor Use Nahi Karty Or Mostly Korean & American Model 850MHz Supported But 1800Mhz Band 3 Not Supported
        LOG IPhone Nahi Kharedty Jis Main Sirf Telenor Ya Jazz Ki SIM Chalti Ho
        Jub 3G Launch Nahi Hoi Thi TAB 3G, 4G Koi Nahi Dekhta Tha Launch K Bad Sab Model Farigh Ho Gai Jo Zong Ya Warid 4G Lte Supported Nahi Thay

    • AbdulB1

      it is just plain wrong to expect phone makers to make a special model for Pakistan where most people get cheap smuggled phones from abroad while local phones come at 30 percent tax.

      • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

        A LTE phone can support all bands, it just the software that activate some frequencies and disable others. Only a little change in software can done the trick

        • Naveed

          So you mean if my phone is a 1800MHZ LTE supported then i can get 850MHZ LTE 4G band enabled? R u kidding me dude?

          • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

            No you can not. Only a phone manufacturer can do it. If a P9 lite is only 1800 MHz LTE supported but not for 850 MHz, Huawei can make this Frequency active by just an over the air update, but companies never did this to secure sale of upcoming phones.

            • AbdulB1

              thats not correct. not every frequency is blocked by software. There are also hardware limitations too.

              • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

                Ok. I might be wrong here

                • Muhammad Faheem

                  Zafar bhai an off topic question…. Please xiaomi ka koi acha sa phone suggest kr den

                  • Aon Bilal

                    https://disqus.com/by/fakhrealamm/
                    Fakhre Aalamm Se Pooch Lain

                    • Muhammad Faheem

                      @fakhrealamm bhai ap he reply kr den and also what should I choose among Huawei opportunity and xiaomi

                    • Aon Bilal

                      Apko Kis Range Main Chahiay

                    • Muhammad Faheem

                      aon bhai under 40k

                    • Aon Bilal

                      Brother Best Choice Ha Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Use Main
                      Huawei, Waghra Farigh Set Hain
                      Abhi Tak Lollipop Main Set Sale Kar Rahy Hain Or 2 Sal Bad Update Dety Hain

                    • Muhammad Faheem

                      bro am already using samsung note 5. aik extra lena hai

          • Aon Bilal

            Huawei K Sirf 9 Mobile Band 3 Or Band 5 Supported Hain Baki Main Band 3 Ha Ya Band 5
            Huawei P8, Huawei P9, Huawei P9 Plus, Huawei P9 Lite,
            Huawei Mate S, Huawei Mate 7, Huawei Mate 8, Huawei Nexus 6p, Huawei Ascend Y550

          • AbdulB1

            forums on xda so show how to unlock bands on qualcomm based phones but many modems dont support hardware wise some bands even if u unlock via software trick.

        • AbdulB1

          No , wrong . It also depends upon the modem. Qualcomm devices have software unlocking method but still not every frequency gets unlocked.

        • AbdulB1

          I would advise you to read forums on xda, which are posted by experts.

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      Bhai mera old comment poora hi chura liya :) thats not fair

      • Aon Bilal

        Boss Apki Awaz Ko Zor Dar Bana Dia

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          Yess I heared it in Faisalabad as well

    • ASif

      Warid ki 4g frequency kia he uske liye konsa set lena parhega

      • Aon Bilal

        1800Mhz Band 3 Zong, Warid Same Frequency Telenor 4g 850MHz Band 5
        Gsmarena, Com Par Phone Finder Main 4G Option Main Dono Frequency Tik Karain Or Search Karin Taqreban 300 K Qareeb Mobile List Apke Samny Aa Jay Jo Apki Choice K Mutabik Ho

        • ASif

          Thanx

  • Naveed

    I hope their 3G will improve if they provide 4G too :D

    • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

      If they use this spectrum for 4G which is most likely, there will be no effect on their 3G

      • Naveed

        Most users will shift on 4G too .. So Thats what I m thinking that would be good

        • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

          Most number of users didnt own a 4G phone, so as far as near future is concerned, It will probably not.
          5 MHz is a lost bet because from this 5MHz a service provider have to spare some spectrum for voice and sms, so for data use spectrum becomes more narrow.

  • shahzad

    How to find out which MHZ you 4g mobile supports?

    • Naveed

      There is a thing called “GOOGLE” :P

    • Aon Bilal

      GSM Arena Dot com Par Jain Phone Finder Par Click Karain 4G K Options Main 1800Mhz or 850MHz Ko Check Karain Or Then Serch

  • Ali

    NO use my Zero 3 does not support 850 MHZ.

    • Naveed

      Howz ur experience with ZERO 3 ?

      • Aon Bilal

        Qmobile Se 0.5% Behtar Ha Laikin 850MHz Supported Nahi

      • Sumeet Kumar

        Battery aur Heatup ki problem ha, rear camera k glass pe jaldi scratches hojate ha.
        baqi set acha ha.

        • Naveed

          Oh I c.. :D Thanks

  • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

    Telenor will have better indoor LTE signals as compare to Zong and Mobilink due to low Freq of 850 MHz as compare to 1800 MHz of Zong and Mobilink. But due to same low Freq Telenor 4G speed will struggle as compare to other opponents due to intereference.

    • Aon Bilal

      Mene Telenor 4g K Aj Signal Check Kiay Hain F-11 Markaz Main inke Head Office K Pass Tower Par 4G Ki Service Available Ha Or Uski Coverage Taqreban 4Km K Area Main Ha

      • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

        That because of low frequency, penetration of signals will be high. But speed might probabaly remain low due to interference.

        • Aon Bilal

          Apki Bat Theek Ha Abhi 4G SIM Nahi Ha K Speed Test Ki Ja Sakay

  • TheXpert

    There 3g service is crap lets see how well the new one goes !

    • Aon Bilal

      بھائی 3 جی پر لوڈ کم کرنے کے لیے ہی 4 جی پر خرچہ کیا ہے اور اوپر سے 3 جی چلتا نہیں اور 4 جی لے لیا ہے کی گردان نہیں ختم ہو رہی
      ٹیلی نار 3 جی کی بس میں بیٹھے 4 جی کے مسافروں کے لیے علیحدہ سے 4 جی بس خریدی ہے تا کہ آپ 3 جی والے کچھ بہتری محسوس کریں

      • Zafar Abbas Rizvi

        Aon bhai kahin busson myn conductor toh nahin rahay, barri conductron waali soch hai.

        • Bilal Iqbal

          Bilkul hain. Easy load krwain to 3g 4g chlaty hain…ha ha ha

  • aaqib shahzad

    firends..alcatel mobile ke official pakistani web sit bta ya fb page ….. plz

    • Aon Bilal

      Bhag Gai Ha

  • Sana

    3g sambhala nahi ja raha aur 4g lay aye. 3g to aj tak chala nahi in ka sahi say .. indoor signal hi nahi.

    • Aon Bilal

      بہن جی سنا ہے جو فریکوئنسی 850 ہے اس کے سگنل گھر کے اندر بھی آتے ہیں اور کوریج بھی زیادہ ہے مگر سپیڈ کی کوئی گارنٹی نہیں

      • Sana

        Bhai jee 3G pay to farak nahi parhna yeh frequency to 4G kay liye hai shayad ?

        • Aon Bilal

          جی باجی یہ فور جی کی فریکوئنسی ہے فور جی آنے سے 20 فیصد تک 3 جی کی سپیڈ بھی بہتر ہو گی مگر بالکل ٹھیک نہیں ہو گی اور موبی لنک 4 جی لانچ ہونے سے کچھ کسٹمر تقسیم ہو جائیں گے اور آنے والے دنوں میں اس میں بہتری ہوگی ابھی تو چھوٹے شہروں میں نام کی ہی 3 جی ہے کیونکہ کہ بہت کم بوسٹر لگے ہیں

    • Muhammad Faheem

      madam criticise kren ghussa to na kren

  • Shams Twistaa

    I have iPhone 5 and 6 does it support 4G of all networks ??

    • Aon Bilal

      IPhone 5 To Shaid Hi Supported Ho
      IPhone 6 K Bhi Kuch Model Supported Hain
      Gsmarena Par Serch Kar Lain

    • Illustionist

      iPhone 5 (A1429) is only supported.
      All iPhone 5s and later models are supported.

      • Aon Bilal

        Sirf Telenor 4g Ki Bat Nahi Kar Raha Band 3 Or Band 5 Ki Bat Ha
        Band 5 To Taqreban Tamam American Model Main Ha

  • telenor will introduce some third class smartphones with crappy specs which will support their 4g network…the same they are doing with 3g by bringing crapware devices for their 3g network////

  • Ghazanfar Iqbal

    Lower frequency bands are often described as “beach-front property.One advantage of lower frequencies is that the signals have better penetration, meaning they pass through objects such as walls with less attenuation. This effect results in better in-building penetration.In trying to cover an area with the minimum number of sites, using 1800 MHz takes somewhere between 2 to 4 times as many sites as 850 MHz.

    On other hand, It takes more sites to build out at 1800 MHz, but the increased number of sites simultaneously translates to much greater capacity. So even if it were to take three times as many sites for 1800 MHz as for 850 MHz, the 1800 MHz network will have three times as much capacity as the 850 MHz network, and the overall LTE network now has four times the total capacity as it did with just the 850 MHz band. Given that lower frequencies have such good propagation, one might wonder whether it might actually be a liability to use them in denser deployments with smaller cells. In other words, the signal in one cell might keep propagating into neighboring cells and cause excessive interference. Actually, an operator can prevent such excessive propagation by using down-tilt on the base station antennas. Thus the operator could ultimately build a high capacity network using lower frequencies and smaller cells.

    The bottom line is that lower frequencies do offer advantages, but these advantages are often overstated. Most usage of mobile broadband networks will occur within higher population densities in which networks will have to be designed for capacity rather than coverage. In these scenarios, low and high frequencies offer almost equivalent performance.

  • Aon Bilal
    • Naveed

      phone hee supported nahe hai .. warna I would have got one for me as well :(

      • Aon Bilal

        بھائی دل پر مت لیں
        زونگ کی 4 جی کلوؤڈ لے کر انلاک کروا لیں اور پھر جو مرضی سم استعمال کریں اور وائی فائی سے کنکٹ کریں

        • Sana

          Aon Bilal bhai yeh sim apnay li hai ? Sim kahan say mil rahi hai bataye ..

          • Aon Bilal

            ابھی تو صرف تصویر ملی ہے سم کارڈ نہیں

            • adnan

              Aon bhai ye tasveer kahan se mili hai apko

              • Aon Bilal

                Facebook Friends Se

                • Sana

                  In June, Telenor Pakistan acquired 2×10 MHz spectrum in the 850 MHz frequency band for the base price of USD 395 million. Yeh 850 MHz main ek block hai ya 2 ?

                  • Aon Bilal

                    1 Block 10 MHz

                    • Sana

                      n June, Telenor Pakistan acquired 2×10 MHz spectrum in the 850 MHz frequency band

                    • Sana

                      to phir yeh aisay kion likha hai ?

                    • Aon Bilal

                      Wrong Likha Ha

                    • Sana

                      Telenor Pakistan posted a revenue growth of 9% during Q2 2016 — as compared with same duration last year — as it generated Rs. 26.53 billion during the reported period.

                      Telenor said that increase in revenues was mainly supported by strong subscription growth, continued growth in financial services and higher incoming international traffic.

                      EBITDA in local currency increased by 46% through rationalization of commissions and market spend in addition to positive contribution from the abolishment of SIM activation tax from 1 July 2015.

                      The EBITDA margin increased by 11 percentage points.

                      Capital expenditure (excluding licences) was prioritized towards network roll-out and expansion of 3G network coverage and capacity. At the end of the quarter, the 3G population coverage was 58%.

                      The number of subscriptions increased by 1.2 million during the quarter and the subscription base was 20% higher than at the end of second quarter last year.

                      Telenor said that its subscribers reached 37.91 million at the end of reported period, out of which 290,000 subscribers were postpaid subscriptions while remaining were prepaid.

                      ARPU in local currency decreased by 3% and reached Rs. 212. ARPU was stabilized during recent months after it had increased due to disconnection of unverified and inactive SIM cards last year.

                      Subscription and traffic revenues in local currency increased by 11%.

                      In June, Telenor Pakistan acquired 2×10 MHz spectrum in the 850 MHz frequency band for the base price of USD 395 million.

        • Naveed

          yar Allah ka wasta hai dont use Urdu font :P its really hard to read it on mobile :P

  • Now all iPhone 5 will support 4G in Pakistan with only Telenor sim

    • Illustionist

      No, only A1429 model of iPhone 5 is supported. A1428 is not supported.

      • A1428? Please read this and let me know

        I have A1429

  • Adele

    Any update about azad kashmir related 3g/4G

  • shakeel Babar

    ZonG 4G is the best

  • Sana

    In June, Telenor Pakistan acquired 2×10 MHz spectrum in the 850 MHz frequency band for the base price of USD 395 million. Yeh Ek 850 MHz main ek block hai ya 2 ?

  • Aon Bilal

    Telenor 4g Available in Islamabad
    F-11 F-10 G-11 G-10 Sectors
    With Proof